10th October 2019, 10:00 | therfl
On behalf of the sport, the Rugby Football League is highlighting some of the important work across the sport to develop mental fitness, and to signpost players, fans, staff and volunteers to sources of support.
Ralph Rimmer, CEO, the Rugby Football League says: "World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to reflect on some of the excellent work in the sport.
"State of Mind continues to raise awareness of vitally important issues with players and the wider Rugby League community; and the wonderful Offload programme, supported by Rugby League Cares and delivered by Foundations, is equipping thousands of fans with practical ways to develop their mental wellness and resilience.
"Our sport is very well-placed to reach into communities and deliver information and services, and promote a positive and open conversation about mental health.
"Many of our players, our officials, and former players including the tireless and inspiring Danny Sculthorpe, are committed to sharing their experiences and bring hope, help and care to a wider audience. They remind us that our mental health is as important as our physical health.
"Rugby League is very proud that our patron Prince Harry is a leading campaigner on mental health and wellbeing.
"He is a passionate champion of the work that both codes do to raise awareness and help players and supporters. We look forward to working with him on this agenda in 2019."
For information, practical support and care:
State of Mind
A wide range of useful information and help is available from MIND, including urgent support for anyone experiencing difficulties right now
Call 0330 123 3393 or text 86463.